Camping Sites & Paysages de l’Étang
Camping Étang, Route de St Mathurin-sur-Loire, 49320, Brissac Quincé
Thumb through the postcards in any Loire Valley post office and you’ll find the quintessential scenes of this historic region – the sandy river Loire, the vineyard striped countryside, the perfectly crafted chateaux and the endless greenery of rural France. Pitch up at this campsite, however, and even the world’s worst photographer can find a scene to rival the professionals.
Amid the vineyards of Anjou, the 20 acre Camping Sites & Paysages de l’Étang is centred around the former farmhouse of Chateau de Brissiac, a magnificent 15th century castle ten minutes walk away. With spacious grassy pitches, three immaculate sanitary blocks, and a fishing lake bursting with hungry carp, this is an easy-going campsite with plenty of room for kids to play. Then, of course, there’s also the two swimming pools, the paddling pool and the outdoor play area, as well as a ‘relaxation room’ with a library, TV and games.
Far enough from the roads that they’re never a nuisance, but close enough to provide easy access, it’s just a short drive to historic Angers, a city clustered around the River Maine. While, in the opposite direction, the town of Saumur is preceded by a scattering of rural villages, home to troglodytic houses and weekend farmers markets. Active campers can hire bikes onsite and cruise the 5 miles to the Loire, or follow one of the countless great circular routes in the area. Alternatively, boating on the river, excellent walking trails and all-level horse riding are close at hand.
Those hoping to tour a local vineyard or explore the nearby wineries will also be pleased to hear there is a shop onsite that's well stocked with regional wines and all the essential groceries. They even have free tasting so you can sample a little tipple before taking a bottle (or two) away.
For access to the many treasures of the Loire Valley, Camping Sites & Paysages De L’Étang is a tough campsite to beat, though by the time you’ve punched that name into your sat nav you could probably have driven somewhere else!